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Don't Just Stand There by Patty Duke

Album: Don't Just Stand ThereReleased: 1965Charted:
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  • Being a tale of a feeling of love that's fading away, this song has a sound similar to Lesley Gore's hit "You Don't Own Me."
  • This was Patty Duke's first hit in the music industry. Like many of her predecessors (such as Shelley Fabares) she tried a career as a singer to capitalize on the success of her television career (notably her sitcom The Patty Duke Show, which ran from 1963 to 1966). Although she managed to score three smaller hits after the success of this song, she ended her music career a year later and continued acting. She stated in several interviews that she never considered herself as a singer. She was allegedly pressured by her managers and peers to try that particular field. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for above 2)
  • Ralph Casale, who played guitar on this song, told us that he could usually tell when a session was going to produce a hit, but this one surprised him. Said Ralph about Patty Duke: "I didn't know she could sing. I thought of her as an actress only. I didn't hear her sing on the date because many times the artist records after the band has been recorded. Yes I was surprised when it became a hit. She did a great job on that recording." (Get more stories from Ralph in his full interview.)
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On September 18th 1963, the 30 minute sitcom, 'The Patty Duke Show', debut on the ABC-TV network...
The series ran for three seasons with a grand total of 104 original episodes.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On June 2nd 1965, Patty Duke performed "Don't Just Stand There" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
Eighteen days later on June 20th, 1965 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #79; and on August 8th it peaked at #8 (for 2 weeks) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
She was eighteen years old at the time of this appearance on 'Shindig!'...
As stated above she had three other records make the Top 100 chart; "Say Something Funny" (reached #22 in 1965), "Funny Little Butterflies" (peaked at #77 in 1965), and "Whenever She Holds You" (peaked at #64 in 1966)...
Ms. Duke, born Anna Marie Duke, will celebrate her 68th birthday this coming December 14th, 2014.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny